How Skanska won the project
With a landscape like Norway’s, a neighbouring village can be near and far at the same time. Roads can bring people closer together. The new Nordøyvegen, or North Island Road, will connect 5 islands to the mainland. It will bring the approximately 10,000 inhabitants in the municipalities of Haram and Sandøy closer together.
In the autumn of 2018, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration appointed Skanska as the general contractor. Working with MAGNET Project, Skanska arrived at the best project implementation plan and the best competitive price in the bidding phase, achieving a 50 million euro deduction and winning the project. The project began in early 2019.
Benefiting citizens and boosting local business
“We call this Norway’s most spectacular construction project ever,” says Gregorz Gucwa, Deputy Project Manager for Skanska. “This project involves absolutely all elements of civil engineering. It’s got long sub-sea level tunnels, long bridges, large sea fillings. Enormous amounts of equipment and resources are used in this project.”
Three bridges, three tunnels, and a great number of roads make up the project. Connecting Nordøyvegen to the mainland will be of great benefit to the community, says Marianne Næro, project manager for Norway’s Public Roads Administration. “The people here are dependent on ferries to reach the mainland. The ferries don’t always operate due to scheduling and weather. Their daily lives will be made easier when they can drive to the mainland, toll free, whenever they want, without ferries.”
“Furthermore, Nordøyvegen will boost local business, as well as enabling locals to cooperate in the areas of schools, health care and other governmental services,” says Næro, who is confident the new connections will bring more tourists to the North Islands.